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Old 07-30-2004, 00:29   #1 (permalink)
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Bathurst 24 hour 2004

From the Bathurst City Council web site:

Bathurst 24Hr Decision
30 July 2004

Council disappointed in 24Hr Race decision.

In a press conference in Sydney at 12pm today, Chairman of Procar's Palmer Group, Frank Slowiak announced that the company was handing all rights to the Bathurst 24 Hour and Procar Champ Series to the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

Council Administrator Kath Knowles said Council was disappointed in the decision by Procar but was not giving up hope that the event would still run this November.

"It is unfortunate that Procar under the Palmer Group are unable to continue running the event that they created but Council is very hopeful that this is not the end of this wonderful event.

"Council is prepared make a considerable commitment with any serious race promoter to see the event run but at the same time there are limits on the risks we will take with ratepayers funds.

"However it is in the interest of the Region, given the significant investment taking place at Mount Panorama and the international exposure generated in the first years, that this unique event continue and Council hopes that Procar's decision to hand over the event rights leads to a positive outcome for all concerned.

"The 24 Hour Race is a fantastic event for our Region and for Australia and Council will continue to support the event organisers in any reasonable way to see that this unique event continues into the future."


In this never ending saga I'll be keeping my bookings in place in the hope that they will resolve the issues and find a new promoter.

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... and from the CAMS website this announcement:

CAMS ensures future success of Championship activity
CAMS Press Release
30 Jul 2004

The President of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, Mr. Colin Osborne, announced today that the Category Management rights for production-based motor racing in Australia had been repatriated from PROCAR to CAMS. PROCAR Pty. Ltd., part of the Palmer Group of Companies, has been responsible as the Category Manager for Nations Cup, V8 Brutes, GT Performance and Australian Production Cars for much of the past decade.

The arrangement will see PROCAR Pty. Ltd. return all Category Management rights to CAMS, and also transfer trademarks and intellectual property for the relevant categories, and also for the Bathurst 24 hour event.

"Whilst it is unfortunate that the previous arrangements have developed to a point where they are not sustainable, this most recent development is a positive outcome and will enable the categories to move forward under a revised structure," said Osborne.

"Repatriation of the Category Management Agreements will enable negotiations to commence with prospective management organisations to sustain future activity for the relevant categories. In addition, the granting of the intellectual property and trademarks to CAMS by PROCAR will enable the heritage of the categories to be maintained, and the contribution of PROCAR to be recognised in the future," he continued.

Osborne paid tribute to the tireless work of PROCAR Chairman and Chief Executive, Ross Palmer, during the past ten years.

"Australian motor sport will forever be indebted to Ross Palmer's commitment and passion. His vision and contribution in developing and maintaining the categories will not be forgotten," Osborne said.

He also paid tribute to the contribution of Peter Boylan during the last several months in his role as interim Category Manager under a licence agreement with PROCAR.

CAMS also announced its intention to seek expressions of interest for future management rights of the categories and the Bathurst 24 hour race. Further details of this process will be released in the near future.

"The objective will be to have a new management structure in place for the categories no later than January 2005. CAMS will undertake an immediate assessment of the potential for conduct of the 2004 Bathurst 24 hour race," Osborne said.

The expression of interest process will be managed on CAMSí behalf by the Australian Motor Sports Commission. Osborne indicated that at this point, CAMS had a preference in identifying a single organisation which could manage all four categories; however the process would not preclude bids being considered on an individual category basis.

Osborne continued, "The expression of interest process and the re******t agreements will be such that the requirements of all stakeholders are understood, respected and protected, thereby allowing a more stable environment to support activity for the categories in the future."

Osborne was encouraged by the cohesiveness of the individual category competitor groups during the recent period of uncertainty, and clearly outlined CAMS understanding of the competitors need for a more stable environment in which they can compete. He advised that a specific briefing session for the current category representatives would be arranged for the early part of next week to keep them apprised of developments.

The next round of the 2004 PROCAR Champ Series will continue as scheduled at Wakefield Park on 8 August, 2004.


At least we can still go to Wakefield Park.

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/me crosses fingers.

I hope they sort this mess out... i've booked my leave already for the 24 hour and would really love to see this race run again.

Come'on... someone step up to the plate!
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Greg, I'm not holding my breath.

They haven't done anything about their supplementary regs at this laye stage. THer would be a HUGE amount of work for CAMS to do to get it happening now...
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i would be happy for another race promoter to run it as long as they run it according to the rules of the other 24 hour events...
So that there is a better battle for the lead other than 1st monaro 2nd monaro 3rd daylight...
Also then the monaros would actually be able to compete overseas and even though its a holden i would like to see how they go on an even playing field and fly the flag for aust
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